Egypt and Stone Anchors: some Recent Discoveries

By Honor Frost, published May 1979

Abstract

Following the discovery of numerous pierced stones in Egypt, which resemble those believed to be anchors previously discovered throughout the Mediterranean, the repercussions upon Egyptian history is investigated. The article develops a typology of the differing anchors to explain varying nationality, ancient trade routes or ports and the light they may shed on religion or culture based on where they were discovered, in tombs and shrines. The Egyptian anchors also challenge previous beliefs about Egyptian sea going ships, and questions how and where such ships would have been constructed.

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Filed under: Antiquity | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Archaeology | Shipbuilding & Design

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